A crowdfunding initiative to support Ethiopian athlete Feyisa Lilesa, the Olympic men’s marathon silver medallist, who made a brave gesture in solidarity with Oromo protesters has raised $86,150. The campaign team set a new $100,000 target after reaching the two initial goals in less than 24 hours. Lilesa has been hailed for his “extra-ordinary heroism”.
British athlete Lynsey Sharp has raised the ire of social media with her remarks, which seems to suggest she lost to Caster Semenya because it’s “difficult” to compete against the South African because of recent suspended hyperandrogenism regulations. Sharp stirred a hornet’s nest with comments implying that the reforms, allowing hyperandrogenic athletes to avoid artificially controlling testosterone levels made it difficult to fairly compete.
The recent death of Fatmata Turay, a 19 year-old girl from Makeni, Sierra Leone, who died after a botched female genital mutilation (FGM) operation has continued to cause a public outrage. There are loud calls from rights groups for the government to take a tough stance on the harmful practice.
Ain’t no party like a This Is Africa website launch party! Just ask everyone in Nairobi where last week, This Is Africa put together the launch of the year to roll out our new-look website and debut the French version of the site. The launch was so ridiculously well attended our hosts, Nairobi’s swankiest new spot the Radisson Blu, had to make adjustments to contain the overflow. We’d love to tell you that the who’s who of Nairobi’s media, entertainment, civil society and industry attended the launch but why do that when we show you? Have a look for yourself
As part of the Samosa Festival 2016, a mixed bag of creatives not only produced public art that enhanced and uplifted a neglected community but interacted with community members in an activity that showcased the true power of art, Craig […]
While the state deploys various forms of violence against their bodies, marginalised Zimbabwean women of lower economic and social status are using African feminist praxis to amplify their voices and take control of their lives, Vimbai Midzi writes
It was just under five years ago that the bubbly South African chef, Siba Mtongana, made her way onto our screens. Affectionately called the Queen of Convenience she showed off her culinary expertise on her television show, Siba’s Table, on […]
South African celebrity chef Siba Mtongana is a class act. We should know. Last Thursday, she was the chief guest at the new This Is Africa website launch. She brought the house down with a moving speech chock-full of inspiring anecdotes from her own life. She had the audience eating out of the palm her of hand. By the time Siba was done speaking, it was easy to tell her fans in Nairobi hadn’t had enough. Lucky for them, This Is Africa, as always, had them covered. On Saturday we organized a special meet-and-greet event for Siba and her fans at Nairobi’s hottest new address, the Radisson Blu. Here’s how that went down
Mali has become the latest African country to embark on a program to identify and remove ghost workers from the public service payroll, in the fight against corruption and malfeasance. The country has identified 13,000 ghost workers from the national payroll, which cost the treasury about 30 billion CFA francs ($50 million), officials say.